Gynecology & Women’s Health

Bone Density Scans

VPFW offers bone density testing at our Koger Center office in Midlothian to help determine risk for osteoporosis.

Bone density scans, also called DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) scans, are one of the safest, most accurate, and most common ways to measure bone mineral density. Since you can’t see or feel bone loss, the DEXA test can indicate if you have osteoporosis, which is a loss of bone mass, or if you may be at risk for developing it. It will also help your doctor determine your bone strength and vulnerability to fractures.

VPFW offers bone density scans at our Koger Center location.

Who Should Get a Bone Density Scan?

We often recommend DEXA scans for women, age 50 or over, who are past menopause or have other risk factors for osteoporosis. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) additionally recommends that all women who are over the age of 65 should have the screening test done.

What Can I Expect During My Scan?

A bone density scan is quick, easy, and painless. You’ll just relax on a cushioned bed while a scanner arm passes over your body. It only takes about 10-20 minutes. The scan will measure the density of your bones, which is just one of several indicators of your bone strength, vulnerability to fractures, and risk for osteoporosis.

Following your study, a physician will consult with you and discuss recommendations and treatment options.

How Much Does It Cost?

Your Bone Densitometry may not be covered by your health plan. If this test is not covered by your health plan, you will be expected to pay for the test at the time of the appointment. The cost of the Bone Densitometry test itself is $120. Please call your health insurance carrier and verify your coverage for this test prior to the date of your appointment. Medicare usually only covers this procedure once every 2 years unless you have a diagnosis of osteoporosis. Please be advised, when you see the provider to discuss results, there will also be a charge for an office visit.

If a prior authorization is required for your health plan, please contact our Pre-certification Department at 804-897-2100 as soon as possible and ask for Meraris Bortner. The procedure code for the test is 77080. If this test is not covered, payment will be due at the time of the appointment.

Patient Instructions

  • No x-ray contrast studies in the 7 days leading up to the test
  • No calcium supplement in the 3 days leading up to the test
  • Wear clothes that do not have any type of buttons rivets, or zippers
  • If possible, wear a bra with no underwire
To make an appointment with a VPFW provider, call us at 804-897-2100 or schedule an appointment online.